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2020.09.01

アカメガシワ

共生の森で、アカメガシワが果実をつけていました。特徴的なトゲのある果実の中から、黒い種子が出てきています。名前は、新芽が赤みを帯びることと、ブナ科のカシワのように、かつてはこの葉に食物を包んだことに由来します。


A "Akamegashiwa(アカメガシワ)" tree has born its fruits in the Kyoseinomori(共生の森). Black seeds come out from its uniquely shaped prickly fruits. "Akame(アカメ)" in its name literally means "red sprout" and their sprouts are actually red. "Gashiwa(ガシワ)" in its name comes from "Kashiwa(カシワ)", which originally means leaves for wrapping food. People in the past wrapped food with this Akamegashiwa leaves, too.